Articles by: Esul Burton '16

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Esul Burton ’16: Looking Forward to Uncertainty

May 27, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

I stepped onto campus in late August of last year and, immediately, I knew how much I was going to miss this place — this brick-building, green-grass campus in sleepy, small-town Connecticut that I’ve come to call home. Like everyone else in my form, I couldn’t believe that in less thanRead More

Follow The (Male) Leader

May 13, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

We often bill Choate as a progressive, left-leaning campus, and many members of our community identify that way as well. We talk extensively about diversity, equality, and justice. We make efforts to publicly show how inclusive we are as a school. But I can’t help notice the many ways inRead More

To Stay or Go: The Complex Question of Medical Leave

May 13, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

For the past three issues, I have explored the state of mental health at Choate, taking a closer look at the support systems that are available to students, competition inside and outside the classroom, and diversity within the health center. To conclude this series, I will be examining the oneRead More

The integration of the health center into the community has raised concern regarding counselor-student confidentiality.

Students Seek Diversity in Health Center, Question Confidentiality

April 22, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

In the past two weeks, I have explored support systems and competition at Choate. This week, I will examine the Pratt Health Center in depth, looking at the diversity in staffing and the student-counselor confidentiality.  A major recurring theme when interviewing members of the community on mental health is theRead More

Community Contemplates Widespread Competition Among Students

April 15, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Last week, I examined support systems for mental health at Choate and varying perspectives of students, faculty, and other community members. This week, I explore a factor that many on campus cite as detrimental to mental health: competition, inside and outside the classroom. Over the course of four weeks, IRead More

In the first article of a series, Esul Burton ’16 begins her exploration of mental health at Choate by examining support systems.

Community Divided on Support Structures

April 8, 2016 at 6:00 am 0 comments

While I was interviewing people for this series on mental health at Choate, I was struck by how diverse the viewpoints regarding the issue were. Almost no one was on the same page about our support systems at Choate, but despite those differences in opinion, the general consensus still seemsRead More

Why Aren’t Asians “People of Color”?

March 26, 2016 at 11:17 pm 1 comment

For the longest time, I thought Asians existed in a special realm of racial identity. Asians weren’t white, I knew that. But I also knew that they weren’t black, Hispanic, or Native American. As a Korean in the United States, I was a minority, sure, but I was never askedRead More

Is my Political Voice too Loud?

March 26, 2016 at 9:55 pm 0 comments

After last week’s Choate talk by Henry Marshall ’16 about the suppression of conservative viewpoints on campus, I remember walking out of the PMAC and grabbing a friend. He happened to be a conservative. “Do you feel like I shut you down?” I asked. If you’ve ever had a conversationRead More

Identity Politics is Real Politics

Identity Politics is Real Politics

March 26, 2016 at 8:03 pm 0 comments

I know there is someone out there, reading the headline above and sighing, “Why, Esul, why? Gender, race, political correctness–come on. Can you please talk about the Iran Deal or the Pope or the Syrian refugee crisis? Something that doesn’t concern identity politics. Please, Esul, I beg you. Talk about realRead More